Microsoft held a press conference Tuesday to announce new artificial intelligence-based updates to its Bing search engine and Edge browser.
Bing, in particular, is getting a big update that allows you to communicate with it to get more detailed answers to your search queries. For example, you can ask Bing to plan a trip and then find out how much that trip will cost. A preliminary version of the new Bing launches Tuesday.
OpenAI CEO Sam Altman took to the stage for a moment during the event to confirm that Microsoft is using its GPT technology to support some of its new software, which is similar to OpenAI’s ChatGPT AI.
Microsoft said the new Bing search and Edge browser, powered by artificial intelligence, will launch Tuesday for desktops in a limited preview version. That means users will get a limited number of search queries for an initial period.
The company said a waiting list will be available for the full version and said it will be available to millions of people in the coming weeks. Microsoft is also planning a mobile version of Bing.
Later, during a Q&A session with reporters, the company said it plans to eventually bring its artificial intelligence-based chat features to all browsers, though it starts with Microsoft Edge first. Edge will also have some unique features that won’t be offered in competing browsers.